Whole School ART SHOW at Sissies!

We are so happy to announce that the Whole School students will be displaying their paintings at Sleep is For Sissies! To celebrate the kids’ artwork, we are hosting a grand opening this Thursday, Feb 15th, from 2:45-3:15 at Sleep is For Sissies. Please come out to show your support and browse some amazing artwork.

This art show is special because the students have hand-crafted their own paintings from scratch. They have built, glued, and screwed their own frames, prepped and stretched their own canvases, and even designed and crafted their own unique paintbrushes. Their artwork follows in the style of Canadian legendary Anishinaabe artist Norval Morrisseau, and depicts spirit animals in bold, bright colours. Each painting is unique, and reflects the young artist that crafted it.

 The art will be viewable at Sissies from Feb 15 – Feb 28, after which the students will bring their creations home.

 We will see you there!

 

Kootenay Sufferfest Nakusp Fun Run – May 27

Kootenay Suffer Fests’ Nakusp Fun Run is coming up May Saturday, May 27th and Whole School students are gearing up to participate again.  Last year 12 students joined the Whole School running club and trained for a month at lunch recess in preparation for the 5 km run.  This year there more!

“It was an amazing experience for the students,” says Eli Geddis, Whole School teacher. “They got a chance to be a part of an athletic community event and set some personal goals.”

The Fun Run is only part of The Whole School’s integration of outdoor leadership into the school program.  Every Friday school is outside all day and often off campus.  The students conduct their curricular learning out of doors as part of their physical education credit as well as math, science, and socials studies.

“Teaching students outdoors allows us to experience and interact with the world in a new way and build connections with the wider community and each other.  We become comfortable in nature and develop positive experiences of school together,” says Eli.

The Outdoor Leadership Program builds resiliency not just in the students, but in parents as well. “I’m surprised by what my daughter is capable of when it is expected of her.  She wants to participate with the group and so she will push herself.  It’s been really positive,”   says a school parent.

The Whole School bases its curricular practice on the Circle of Courage – a positive youth development model based on the medicine wheel and the principle that to be emotionally healthy all youth need a sense of generosity, independence, belonging and mastery.  The OLP program at the school ties into these four quadrants of learning and development in a unique way that is not traditionally academic, but has proven to be very successful.

“Attachment theory, the Circle of Courage, restorative conflict resolution practices, and the OLP program, combined with small, multi-age class sizes, support each student in their development of emotional intelligence and compassion,” says Anniah Lang, Whole School Principal and teacher.

Last year was the students’ first year doing the Fun Run and it was a huge success.  The students thank the organizers for making it possible for them to participate as a school group.  Children 12 and under are free of charge.

The school strives to create a nurturing and safe environment and has chosen to block all WiFi and cordless phone signals at the school. The Whole School is now accepting applications for Kindergarten and elementary level students.  Financial help is available.

For more information contact the school at wholeschool@gmail.com or call (250) 226-7737.

TOMORROW – Whole School Open House

Tomorrow, April 20th from 2-5pm~ The Whole School welcomes interested parents and their children to Earth Day Celebrations at the school (5614 Highway 6).  Join us to learn more about the school program, sustainability, food systems, and growing plants through interactive activities for children.  The pictures below illustrate nature mandalas, tile mosaics & the bees at the school.

Join in Earth Day activities from 2:00 until 3:00 with the students and then take an opportunity to meet our Principal, Anniah Lang, and teacher, Eli Geddis.

The Whole School is now accepting Kindergarten and multi-aged elementary applications for the 2017/18 school year.  Our early registration deadline is May 15th.  For more information call the School Coordinator, Josée Corrigan, at (250) 226-7737, email wholeschool@gmail.com or visit our website www.wholeschool.ca

April 20th – EARTH DAY Open House!

Thursday, April 20th from 2-5pm~ The Whole School welcomes interested parents and their children to Earth Day Celebrations at the school (5614 Highway 6).  Join us to learn more about the school program, sustainability, food systems, and growing plants through interactive activities for children.  The picture below illustrates the nature mandalas that the children created at last year’s Earth Day event.

Join in Earth Day activities from 2:00 until 3:00 with the students and then take an opportunity to meet our Principal, Anniah Lang, and teacher, Eli Geddis.

The Whole School is now accepting Kindergarten and multi-aged elementary applications for the 2017/18 school year.  Our early registration deadline is May 15th.  For more information call the School Coordinator, Josée Corrigan, at (250) 226-7737, email wholeschool@gmail.com or visit our website www.wholeschool.ca

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Registration 2016/17 – Tuesday, Sept 6th

It’s that time of year again – time to gear up for Autumn and let go of our summer vacation.  The Whole School’s registration day is next Tuesday, September 6th this year from 9am -4pm. For those families re-registering, please remember to bring your registration packages already filled out to make the day go smoothly.

The Whole School is still accepting new students K-Gr. 7.  See you then.   Oct 2015 066

 

Running Club at The Whole School

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Whole School students biking Galena Trail May 2016

The Whole School kids are excitedly anticipating and preparing for the Nakusp Fun Run/Walk  happening THIS Saturday, May 28th!  Their coach and teacher, Eli Geddis, has been involved in Kootenay Sufferfest for over five years and is an experienced long distance runner and adventure runner.  He believes that kids doing activity and movement during and outside of school promotes strong self-esteem, academic performance and an active lifestyle in adulthood.  Well, they are getting plenty of activity in and out of school this year!  Thank you Eli.

The students are running about 2 kms every Tuesday and Thursday in addition to spontaneous runs throughout the week!  It has been a unique way to see the world outside of school through the trails and byways of Winlaw.

The Whole School prioritizes outdoor leadership and adventure through their regular Friday Outdoor Leadership Program led by Eli and supported through parent participation. This program involves swimming, gymnastics, skiing, snowshoeing, biking, hiking, and wilderness safety education.  The Whole School OLP program offers a natural segway for students into local secondary school outdoor ed programs such as the OELP program offered through W.E. Graham Community School in Slocan City, BC.